Wednesday, June 17, 2009
child's travel pillow
So this is where that little lavender unicorn sleeps... in the pocket of my daughter's new travel pillow.
This concept of a pillow with a handle began last month, as my son got ready for a class trip with an 8 hour bus ride. The night before they left, I decided he needed a pillow. I think it was for his comfort, as well a way for my own. I wanted to give him a bit of my love to take with him. I made his in 1/2 and hour out of thrifted red chambray. Quick and easy! I added a handle at the last minute, so that he could clip it to his backpack. I also slipped a little lavender directly into the pillow. Not the best idea for later washings, but so far so good.
Since then, he's brought it on overnights/sleepovers like in the photo above, and I'm sure it will be with us on our next road trip.
His little sister was very envious... so I knew another travel pillow was in our future. When I bought that 1/2 a yard of Far, Far Away fabric I had no idea what I was going to make with it. It's the silkiest cotton (double gauze), and that print just begs to be highlighted. This pillow does the trick perfectly. My pinky/purpley/fairy tale girl was ecstatic this morning when she discovered it.
Thank goodness! I make her stuff all of the time, and some things are big flops as far as she is concerned. Not this one! Yeah! She was delighted and told me all day. In fact she and her pillow have been together constantly.
In the hammock...
at the dentist...
soaking up the sun on a cold day...
and now she's fast asleep with it. She threw her regular pillow over the side of the bed. That's a very good sign. I'm thinking every child should have a travel pillow with a handle and a pocket for a lavender sachet... in their favorite fabric, of course. It's a very straightforward design. I'm sure you can figure it out, but if you're a new sewer and wanting a tutorial, just say the word.
Which brings me to my promised burlap bucket pattern... I haven't forgotten. It's coming, really!